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September 21, 2019
Category: Nutrition
Tags: nutrition   milk   Water   Soy   Hemp   Almond  

Children Under Age Five Should Drink Mostly Milk And Water, Experts Say

The New York Times (9/18) reports that on Sept. 18, “a panel of scientists issued new nutritional guidelines for children...describing in detail what they should be allowed to drink in the first years of life.” The guidelines recommend that “for the first five years, children should drink mostly milk and water.”

        CNN (9/18) reports, “Most children under the age of five should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink” and issued by “a panel of experts with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.” With the exception of soy milk that has been fortified, “plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends...lack key nutrition for early development, according to” the guidelines.


        4 Groups Issue Consensus Report On Healthy Beverages For 0- To 5-Year-Olds

August 26, 2019
Category: Nutrition
Tags: Milks   Plant-based Milks   Soy   Hemp   Almond   Rice   Malnutrition   Growth Faltering  
Why should all plant-based milks be avoided in infants?


The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended against the use of plant-based milks for the first year of life. Liquids, non-dairy “milks,” based on plant foods (e.g., soy, rice, almond, or hemp) should not be used as a human milk or infant formula substitute. The caloric density of these products is typically lower than that of human milk or infant formula; protein quality is low and the protein quantity is low for most such beverages; products may not be fortified with micronutrients to levels recommended for infants and young children; and some contain high levels of phytate, which bind iron, zinc, and calcium. Use of such alternative fluids as a major component of the diet has been associated with severe protein energy malnutrition and with growth faltering. Plant-based milks should not be confused with soy-based formula, which may be appropriate for use in infants (up to 12 months of age) with galactosemia and hereditary lactase deficiency.